Danny Mills has suggested that behind-the-scenes issues stopped West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass from being a mainstay for Scotland after the player announced his retirement from international football.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United and England full-back was left raving over the quality and talent of the 32-year-old, insisting he should have been playing on a regular basis for his country.

Snodgrass took to his personal Instagram account on Tuesday morning to issue a statement revealing he was retiring from international football, saying it was a “childhood dream” for him to represent his country 28 times.

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Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream. It’s been such a special feeling pulling on that Scotland jersey since I was 16 years old. There’s been many highs throughout my international career which I’ll always remember with fondness, including my debut against Northern Ireland, winning 2 international player of the year awards, and my hat-trick in Malta. It’s now the right time for me to step aside though and retire from @scotlandnationalteam and let the boys and younger players take my place and hopefully push the squad forward. I want to especially thank the Tartan Army for their special support you’ve showed me over the years. I will never forget this. A massive thank you also goes to everyone at the SFA for looking after me since I was a young boy, including Frank Reilly, Doc McLean, Jonesy, managers, coaches, staff, the physios, massage therapists, kit men and the media staff I’ve worked with over the years. I will now watch as a fan and I hope to see us play at a major tournament again soon – fingers crossed the boys do it come March! Snods 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️

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Mills says that there have been a number of issues which stopped the former Leeds and Norwich attacker from playing more from his country but that his 28 caps really is not enough for someone of his talents.

Mills told Football Insider: “I think he’s a very good player. I suppose there will have been injuries in that, maybe he wasn’t available for every single squad.

“He’s been a good player wherever he’s been. He’s got a sweet left foot, we know that, he’s got a fabulous delivery, works very, very hard – he should have been a permanent fixture in the Scotland squad. I don’t just think that’s down to them not picking him – I think there will be other reasons and other issues as well.” 

“I still think he’s got quality.”

Snodgrass returned to the Scotland squad under Steve Clarke in September after nearly a year since his last appearance for his country, having voiced his frustrations about Alex McLeish’s reign in charge on the national side.

He scored seven goals in his 28 appearances, including a hat trick against Malta back in 2016.

In other West Ham news, Darren Bent has suggested one senior star is set to be snubbed after Monday’s developments.